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Brazil's ex-president Michel Temer arrested in 'Car Wash' probe

Mar 21, 2019 - 10:47 PM

(UPDATED) The investigation into Temer has uncovered 'the existence of a criminal organization in full operation, involved in concrete acts of clear gravity,' the federal prosecutor's office says

ARRESTED. This handout picture shows former president Michel Temer during a meeting at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, on May 2, 2018. File photo by Alan Santos/Brazil Presidency/AFP

Bolsonaro says Brazilians 'don't know what dictatorship is'

Nov 20, 2018 - 1:36 PM

'The Brazilian people still do not know what dictatorship is, do not know what it is to suffer at the hands of these people,' says President-elect Jair Bolsonaro

BOLSONARO. Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro says Brazilians do not know what a dictatorship is. File photo by Ricardo Moraes/Pool/AFP

Brazil's Bolsonaro gets to work on hardline agenda

Oct 31, 2018 - 11:22 AM

President-elect Jair Bolsonaro huddles with his inner circle at the home of a wealthy backer in Rio de Janeiro to start forming what advisor Gustavo Bebianno calls 'a combat vanguard' for the new administration

PRESIDENT-ELECT. In this file photo, Jair Bolsonaro votes during runoff elections in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 28, 2018. (Photo by Ricardo Moraes/Pool/AFP

Brazil enters new era with far-right president-elect

Oct 30, 2018 - 10:46 AM

Having channeled voters' anger with corruption, crime and economic malaise, the man dubbed the 'Tropical Trump' will now get down to work seeking to 'change Brazil's destiny'

NEW ERA. Jair Bolsonaro looks on during a press conference. File photo by Apu Gomes/AFP

Far-right candidate leads as Brazil heads to polls

Oct 27, 2018 - 1:47 PM

Facing far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro is leftist candidate Fernando Haddad, a former Sao Paulo mayor who is standing in for jailed ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

WHO WILL WIN? This combination of file pictures created on October 08, 2018 shows Brazilian presidential candidates Jair Bolsonaro (L) (PSL) in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on June 18, 2018 and Fernando Haddad (PT) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 04, 2018. Photos by Miguel Schincariol and Daniel Ramalho/AFP

Brazil federal police ask for president to be indicted for corruption

Oct 17, 2018 - 1:05 PM

The federal police have investigated for more than a year whether Michel Temer, who has been in power since May 2016, took bribes to issue a decree in May 2017 to benefit companies in the port sector

TEMER. Brazilian President Michel Temer reviews an honor guard upon his arrival at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport on June 20, 2017. File photo by Kirill Kudrayvtsev/AFP

Attacker stabs Brazil's right-wing presidential frontrunner

Sep 07, 2018 - 10:10 AM

(UPDATED) Images shared on social media and Brazilian television show Jair Bolsonaro being carried on the shoulders of a throng of supporters, before a man lunges at his stomach

Imprisoned Lula registers Brazil presidential candidacy

Aug 16, 2018 - 3:28 PM

'I registered my candidacy for the presidency of the republic...certain that I can do a lot to pull Brazil from one of its worst crises in history,' Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva says in a letter

NEW CANDIDATE? This file photo shows Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva amid supporters as he arrives at a Federal Justice Court in Curitiba, Brazil for a hearing with senior 'Lava Jato' (operation Car Wash) Judge Sergio Moro, on May 10, 2017. File photo by Ricardo Stuckert/Instituto Lula/AFP

Politicians involved in murder of Brazilian activist Marielle Franco

Aug 11, 2018 - 2:43 PM

Colleagues say the leftist politician was killed because she had angered police and underground paramilitary groups known as militias

ACTIVIST. Brazilian lawmaker and Black human rights activist Marielle Franco speaking at a campaign in August 2016. Photo from Wiki Commons

Presidential debate showcases divided Brazil

Aug 10, 2018 - 12:45 PM

(UPDATED) Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's enforced absence due to his corruption conviction casts a shadow, given his stunning lead in the polls

DEBATE. Composition made with pictures of Brazilian presidential candidates (top L-R) Alvaro Dias (Podemos), Marina Silva (Rede), Guilherme Boulos (PSOL), Henrique Meirelles (MDB) and (bottom L-R) Cabo Daciolo (Patriota), Geraldo Alkmin (PSDB), Ciro Gomes (PDT) and Jair Bolsonaro (PSL), taken during their participation in the first presidential debate ahead of the October 7 general election, at Bandeirantes television network in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on August 9, 2018. Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

Brazil prosecutors probe judge who ordered release of Lula

Jul 12, 2018 - 10:32 AM

Attorney General Raquel Dodge says there is evidence that when appeals judge Rogerio Favreto acted professionally, he did so 'motivated by personal feelings and interests'

Lula remains in jail as Brazil judge voids shock release order

Jul 09, 2018 - 10:30 AM

Judge Pedro Gebran Neto overturns a shock order to free Lula, which dropped hours earlier from Judge Rogerio Favreto at an appeals court in the southern city of Porto Alegre

IMPRISONMENT. In this file photo, Ex-Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva arrives at the Federal Police headquarters where he is due to serve his 12-year prison sentence, in Curitiba, Parana State, Brazil, on April 7, 2018. File photo by Heuler Andrey/AFP

Lula says party free to find new candidate for Brazil vote

Apr 25, 2018 - 9:06 AM

'I want you to feel totally free to take whatever decision you need because 2018 is an important year for the PT, for the left and for democracy,' writes Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in a letter to the Workers' Party

NEW CANDIDATE? This file photo shows Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva amid supporters as he arrives at a Federal Justice Court in Curitiba, Brazil for a hearing with senior 'Lava Jato' (operation Car Wash) Judge Sergio Moro, on May 10, 2017. File photo by Ricardo Stuckert/Instituto Lula/AFP

Brazil's Lula spends first day in prison, hoping to get out

Apr 08, 2018 - 11:00 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is behind bars for corruption

Brazilian ex-president (2003-2011) Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva arrives at the Federal Police headquarters where he is due to serve his 12-year prison sentence, in Curitiba, Parana State, Brazil, on April 7, 2018. Brazil's election frontrunner and controversial leftist icon said Saturday that he will comply with an arrest warrant to start a 12-year sentence for corruption. "I will comply with their warrant," he told a crowd of supporters. / AFP PHOTO / Heuler Andrey

Brazil's Lula given 24 hours to start prison sentence

Apr 06, 2018 - 8:26 AM

Judge Sergio Moro says a special cell 'was prepared in advance... in which the ex-president will be separated from other prisoners, with no risk for his moral or physical integrity'

LULA'S FATE. Brazilian newspapers headline the decision of the Brazilian Supreme Court (STF) that denied a habeas corpus petition for Brazilian former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on April 5, 2018. Photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

Brazil's Supreme Court rejects Lula's bid to avoid prison

Apr 05, 2018 - 11:34 AM

The 6-5 ruling means that former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva could be arrested within days

FORMER PRESIDENT. Brazilian former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks during a press conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil on September 15, 2016. File photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

Rio's carnival gets underway with dancing – and politics

Feb 08, 2018 - 3:05 PM

This year revelers have more on their minds than drinking, dancing and dressing up – there's politics

BURST OF COLOR. In this file photo, revellers of Uniao da Ilha samba school perform during the first night of the carnival parade at Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on February 7, 2016. Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

Brazil authorities prevent former leader Lula from leaving country

Jan 26, 2018 - 8:34 AM

Authorities rescind the passport of former Brazilian president Lula Inacio Lula da Silva, who was headed to Addis Ababa for a meeting organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva attends the testimony of suspended Brazilian President Dilma on impeachment trial, at the National Congress in Brasilia, on August 29, 2016. Evaristo Sa/AFP

Brazil president avoids corruption trial

Oct 26, 2017 - 9:10 AM

The first president in the country to face criminal charges while in office, Temer is accused of obstruction of justice and racketeering

ESCAPES CHARGES. In this file photo, Brazilian President Michel Temer offers a press conference at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, on November 27, 2016. Evaristo Sa/AFP

Brazil's Lula launches unlikely bid to retake presidency

Aug 18, 2017 - 1:33 PM

The presidential election won t take place until October 2018 and the many potential candidates are still keeping below the radar Campaigning is not even officially allowed

LULA. Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks during the second congress of the IndustriALL Global Union in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 4, 2016. File photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

Brazilian right wing firebrand pushes presidential bid

Aug 11, 2017 - 10:09 AM

Although official campaigning is not yet permitted for the October 2018 presidential polls Jair Bolsonaro calls a campaign like press conference at a Rio hotel to lay out his deeply conservative vision and mock his liberal critics

PRESIDENTIAL BID. Brazilian deputy Jair Bolsonaro looks on during a press conference he called to announce his intention to run for the Brazilian presidency in the October 2018 presidential election, at a hotel in Rio de Janeiro on August 10, 2017. Photo by Apu Gomes/AFP

Brazil's president calls graft charge 'soap opera'

Jun 28, 2017 - 8:49 AM

Temer: I will not allow myself to be accused of crimes that I did not commit My intention is to work for Brazil I will not shirk the battles

In this file photo, Brazilian President Michel Temer offers a press conference at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, on November 27, 2016. Evaristo Sa/AFP

Temer wins time in court battle over 2014 election validity

Apr 05, 2017 - 8:23 AM

At issue are allegations that when then president Dilma Rousseff ran for re election in 2014 with Michel Temer as her vice president their ticket was financed by undeclared funds or bribes

RELIEF. In this file photo, Brazilian President Michel Temer attends a press conference at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, on November 27, 2016. Evaristo Sa/AFP

Brazil court to decide whether presidential vote was valid

Apr 01, 2017 - 2:03 PM

Deliberations begin on Tuesday April 4 and are scheduled to run through the week

Brazilian President Michel Temer attends the announcement of new funds for the school lunch program at the Planalto Palace, in Brasilia on February 8, 2017. Andressa Anholete/AFP

Brazil Senate approves 20-year spending freeze

Dec 14, 2016 - 9:24 AM

However the government s policies have prompted violent protests and were criticized last week by a UN expert as a historic mistake

General view of Brazilian Senate plenary during a session to vote on the constitutional amendment that establishes the limit of expenses for the government in the annual budget, as the centerpiece of austerity reforms that have provoked violent protests, in Brasilia, on December 13, 2016. Evaristo Sa/AFP

Brazilians protest corruption, target president's ally

Dec 05, 2016 - 3:15 AM

UPDATED Thousands of protesters express support for Operation Car Wash a probe that has uncovered mass embezzlement by politicians and top executives

People take part in a nation-wide protest against corruption at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on December 4, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA

Protesters storm Brazil Congress demanding military coup

Nov 17, 2016 - 9:16 AM

Dozens of right wing protesters burst into Brazil s legislative chamber to demand a military coup

Demonstrators in favor of a military intervention in Brazil invade the lower house plenary session in Brasilia on November 16, 2016. Luis Macedo / Agencia Camara / AFP

Brazil courts probe bribe allegation against president

Nov 12, 2016 - 11:40 AM

Lawyers for President Michel Temer s predecessor Dilma Rousseff this week presented in a court filing a check paid to Temer s PMDB party in 2014 as an electoral campaign donation

PROBE. In this file photo, Brazilian President Michel Temer attends the launching ceremony of the "Reform Card" -a credit card for low-income families-, as part of a program to improve the housing conditions in irregular settlements, at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, on November 9, 2016. File photo by Andressa Anholete/AFP

Brazil arrests top lawmaker behind Rousseff impeachment – police

Oct 20, 2016 - 7:28 AM

Brazilian police arrest Eduardo Cunha – the architect of former president Dilma Rousseff s impeachment – in connection with corruption charges

The former president of Brazil's lower house Eduardo Cunha (C) during a session in the Chamber of Deputies in Brasilia on September 12, 2016. Evaristo Sa/AFP

Brazil's Lula faces new corruption charges

Oct 06, 2016 - 9:25 AM

Brazil s ex president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva faces new corruption charges connected to a construction project involving his nephew in Angola in the latest threat to his comeback hopes

NEW CASE. Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks during the second congress of the IndustriALL Global Union in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 4, 2016. Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

Brazil's Lula to stand trial for corruption

Sep 21, 2016 - 8:41 AM

Prosecutors have accused the popular leftist of masterminding the large scale plundering of state oil company Petrobras

Brazilian former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks during a press conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil on September 15, 2016. Nelson Almeida/AFP

Brazil prosecutors file corruption charges against Lula

Sep 15, 2016 - 8:51 AM

The charges allege that Lula received the equivalent of 3 7 million reais 1 1 million in bribes

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva attends the testimony of suspended Brazilian President Dilma on impeachment trial, at the National Congress in Brasilia, on August 29, 2016. Evaristo Sa/AFP

Brazil ousts lawmaker who pushed for Rousseff impeachment

Sep 13, 2016 - 11:20 AM

UPDATED Brazil s lower house of Congress removes from office lawmaker Eduardo Cunha who pushed for the impeachment of president Dilma Rousseff on graft charges

The former president of Brazil's lower house Eduardo Cunha (C) during a session in the Chamber of Deputies in Brasilia on September 12, 2016. Evaristo Sa/AFP

Brazil's Rousseff loses palace – but life goes on

Sep 01, 2016 - 3:07 PM

Rousseff will have to rediscover life without the presidential plane and an army of secretaries advisors cooks and guards along with other perks that come with governing the country of 206 million people

Brazil's Dilma Rousseff is pictured at the Alvorada presidential palace in Brasilia after she was stripped of the country's presidency in a Senate impeachment vote on August 31, 2016. Evaristo Sa/AFP

Brazil senators inch toward Rousseff impeachment vote

Aug 31, 2016 - 11:14 AM

Lawyers on both sides of the impeachment trial dividing Brazil made impassioned closing arguments followed by final speeches from senators

Suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff listens to questions during her impeachment trial, at the National Congress in Brasilia, on August 29, 2016. Evaristo Sa/AFP

Rousseff defense begins in rowdy Brazil impeachment trial

Aug 26, 2016 - 8:00 AM

3rd UPDATE On Monday August 29 Rousseff herself will testify in a keenly awaited piece of political theater

UNDER FIRE. The impeachment trial of Brazil President Dilma Rousseff has been launched on August 25, 2016. File photo

Brazil top court rejects Rousseff request to annul impeachment session

Aug 24, 2016 - 10:25 PM

The impeachment trial of the suspended Brazilian president begins Thursday August 25

Brazilian suspended President Dilma Rousseff gestures during a rally in Sao Paulo, Brazil on August 23, 2016. Brazil's suspended president Dilma Rousseff enters her final battle to win back power on Thursday, when senators open an impeachment trial expected to remove her from office for good. / AFP PHOTO / Miguel Schincariol

What went wrong in Brazil?

Aug 24, 2016 - 10:45 AM

Brazil was an emerging global superstar Then it all came crashing down

ORDER AND PROGRESS? Hundreds of people hold a protest against suspended president Dilma Rousseff outside the National Congress in Brasilia, on July 31, 2016. Andressa Anholete/AFP

Brazil's Rousseff faces final impeachment battle

Aug 23, 2016 - 10:29 AM

During a trial expected to last several days the former Marxist guerrilla 68 will take the stand to defend herself against charges that she fiddled state accounts

A file picture dated May 13, 2016 shows suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff speaking during a press conference at the Alvorada Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil. Antonio Lacerda/EPA

Brazil's Rousseff ahead of trial: 'I'm innocent'

Aug 17, 2016 - 7:00 AM

UPDATED I am innocent Rousseff insists There is no injustice more devastating than to condemn an innocent person

Suspended Brazilian President Dilma meets with foreign correspondents at Alvorada Palace in Brasilia on June 14, 2016. Evaristo Sa/AFP

Impeachment trial looms for Brazil's beleaguered Rousseff

Aug 10, 2016 - 12:53 PM

UPDATED Brazil s Senate votes to hold an impeachment trial for the nation s suspended president Dilma Rousseff a process that could see her permanently removed from office

General view of the beginning of a session on the impeachment of suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, at the Senate in Brasilia, Brazil, August 9, 2016. Cadu Gomes/EPA

Brazil Senate debates impeachment end game

Aug 09, 2016 - 10:11 AM

UPDATED Suspended President Rousseff s opponents only need a simple majority of the 81 senators votes to open an impeachment trial

Brazilian suspended President Dilma Rousseff (L) greets workers during her visit to the construction site in Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil on June 9, 2016. Miguel Schincariol/AFP

Brazil impeachment drama crescendos on eve of Olympics

Aug 03, 2016 - 10:22 AM

Brazil s long running presidential impeachment drama starts to crescendo toward the finale this week just as the Rio Olympics sprints out of the starting blocks

Hundreds of people hold a protest against suspended president Dilma Rousseff outside the National Congress in Brasilia, on July 31, 2016. Andressa Anholete/AFP

Brazil's Rousseff, Lula to boycott Olympic opening ceremony

Jul 27, 2016 - 10:20 AM

Their absence at the August 5 ceremony highlights the political crisis in Brazil

ALLIES. In this file photo, former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (R) and Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff attend Lula's swear in ceremony as chief of staff, in Brasilia on March 17, 2016. Evaristo Sa/AFP

Brazil's Rousseff refuses 'secondary role' at Olympics

Jul 26, 2016 - 9:41 AM

Rousseff says she expects to be treated as number one I do not intend to take a secondary role in the Games in Rio

In this file photo, Brazilian volleyball player Fabiana Claudino (L) applauds as Brazilian President bust holds the Olympic torch at Planalto Palace in Brasilia following the flame's arrival in the country on May 3, 2016 ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in August. Evaristo Sa/AFP

Brazil stages anti-terror drill in Rio station ahead of Games

Jul 17, 2016 - 9:20 AM

Olympics official: In the absence of a concrete threat against Brazil we are on yellow alert which calls for heightened attention and response levels from the ordinary green level

SECURITY DRILL. Brazilian army special forces assigned to the security of the Rio 2016 Olympics Games train along idle carriages at the Deodoro train station in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on July 16, 2016. Christophe Simon/AFP

Brazil's Lula says Rousseff can escape impeachment

Jul 13, 2016 - 10:12 AM

Lula says Rousseff needs to secure support from a handful of extra senators to swing the vote

ALLIES. In this file photo, former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (R) and Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff attend Lula's swear in ceremony as chief of staff, in Brasilia on March 17, 2016. Evaristo Sa/AFP

Brazil's Rousseff files defense as impeachment looms

Jul 06, 2016 - 8:24 AM

UPDATED Rousseff denies she had breached the constitution by fiddling government accounts

Suspended Brazilian President Dilma meets with foreign correspondents at Alvorada Palace in Brasilia on June 14, 2016. Evaristo Sa/AFP

Troubled Rio hits one month countdown to Olympics

Jul 05, 2016 - 10:40 AM

Mayor Eduardo Paes: The city is 100 ready It s an unbelievable city I m very proud of our city

Picture taken during a sports event to mark the 100-day-countdown to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, at the Central do Brasil train staion in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on April 27, 2016. Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

Brazil delays impeachment until after Olympics – report

Jun 30, 2016 - 12:56 PM

The final ruling on Rousseff s fate will take place on August 26 at the earliest

Suspended Brazilian President Dilma meets with foreign correspondents at Alvorada Palace in Brasilia on June 14, 2016. Evaristo Sa/AFP